Importing sound from The Chairman's Bao into private lessons on LingQ

I have been using Talkify to save the mp3 files from The Chairman’s Bao news stories and include it in lessons to import into LingQ. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. Have other LingQers been able to reliably import the soundfiles from this site into LingQ lessons?

Ginkgo, hi, not exactly sure what you mean here. Do you just want to get the mp3 files from the Chairman’s Bao and then upload them to lingq privately, along with the accompanying text/transcript?

Yes, Iain, that’s what I want to do.

Ok, if you look at this lesson, as an example:

If you right click on the main text and then select “view page source” (I use chrome, but most browsers should be similar), it will then open the source page – in the source page if go “find” and then search “mp3” it will come up with a file link ending in .mp3 .

For this example, it is :

If you open that mp3 link (eg cut and paste into browser address bar), it will play the mp3 as a standalone webpage. If you right click on this web page and select “save as” it will let you download the mp3 file.

Alternatively, you can always use Audacity (Audacity download | to obtain a mp3 file from any web page audio.

Using Audacity - just follow these steps:

-In the first box of the Device Toolbar, choose “Windows WASAPI”.
-In the second box in Device Toolbar, choose the Speakers or Headphones that you are using for listening.
-In the third box in Device Toolbar, choose the (loopback) input for the same device you chose in step 3. For example, if you chose “Speakers” in Step 3, choose “Speakers (loopback)” in this step.
-In the fourth box in Device Toolbar, choose mono or stereo.
-Start playing the audio you want to record.
-Press the big red Record button in Audacity.

You can then download the lame mp3 encoder ( to allow you to export the recorded file as an mp3.

One trick with lingq is - it only accepts certain mp3 rates as an upload. You can always change the mp3 rate by opening the mp3 file with Audacity and change the rate at the bottom left to suit lingq’s acceptable mp3 rates and then export the audio.

Thank you, Iain, for your clear outline of the process. It was really easy to make this lesson!

I did have problems with some web mp3 files, I think from Slow-Chinese, with lingq’s acceptable mp3 rates, and wasn’t sure how to use Audacity for fixing this.

My Chinese learning is progressing slowly but surely. I am so glad lingq now can put pinyin over the text, even though there are some errors. I use the Perapera popup dictionary to check these. I find I am now recognising lots of characters when I see them without the pinyin. I spend some time writing out sentences from Chinese Pod. This helps me notice the details in characters better.

You have been my inspiration. I keep on going back to your lingq explanation of how to learn Chinese. This really works!